What We Love About Hong Kong Disneyland Resort
We are in the second part of a multi-part series celebrating all of the Disney parks around the world. We started with the first park that closed, Shanghai Disneyland. Second to close was Hong Kong Disneyland. We want you to know why these parks matter, and what makes them so really special.
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Hong Kong Itself
To Disney purists, visiting Hong Kong Disneyland is enough to travel the distance. But for many, Hong Kong itself is simply a must-do on the bucket list.
Hong Kong Disneyland has three hotels. Let’s look at each. The parks. The resorts, like the parks, have lots of instagrammable locations, like this hotel sign, which is not in the front of the hotel, but in the gardens area.
Here’s the front of the hotel. Lovely, very art deco. A strange juxtaposition to talk about Hollywood in the heart of Asia.
Beautiful pool and grounds stretching towards the sea. Note the piano shaped pool.
Let’s move on to the next, and newest resort hotel:
The atrium is nearly as stunning as Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, but with a slightly cleaner design look.
The grounds are also immaculate, and take advantage of being off of the sea.
The signature hotel for Hong Kong Disneyland is so grand as to remind you of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.
No wonder, as the hotel offers many of the same architectural queues.
The atrium is also stunning and beautiful as it also draws you out to the sea beyond. You don’t get that exterior view in the same way at Walt Disney World.
The dining is also its own unique experience as we explain on the podcast.
Now it’s on to the parks!
Walkways lead you to a grand promenade with familiar Disney characters.
Let’s enter the park!
Main Street, U.S.A.
Familiar sights found at Disneyland are mixed with the lush backdrops of Hong Kong. Everything is familiar, and yet different.
Tomorrowland is probably one of the smaller Tomorrowlands in all the parks, but it has some unique offerings you can’t get elsewhere.
In the podcast I talk about this interior being familiar to something once at Walt Disney World. Can you tell what it is?
The Autopia is gone, but it illustrates how lush the landscaping is in the parks.
Fantasyland is perhaps the most disappointing of all Fantasylands across the globe. But there is construction happening to change that. It begins with Sleeping Beauty Castle.
Another new addition made recently is Fantasy Gardens. Here is a glimpse of that.
For more about how “it’s a small world” at Hong Kong Disneyland compares to sister versions across the globe, check out a recent podcast and post.
This is the most stunning of all Adventurelands because of the ability to really create a jungle setting in Hong Kong. Let’s take a look.
Here is video of the Jungle River Cruise. You can also hear our podcast on The Hardest Working Cast Member, which discusses a certain Cast Member on this attraction.
Three separate “mini” lands can be found outside the railway tracks of Hong Kong Disneyland. Let’s check them out.
Toy Story Land
David and I aren’t big fans of Toy Story Land here or in Shanghai Disneyland, but there are some highlights. Here is one of them:
Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars is not only the highlight of this land, it weaves throughout the entire space. You may notice a sort of familiar Grizzly mountain peak in the distance, similar to Disney California Adventure.
Local residents welcome you to Mystic Point.
Mystic Manor is simply stunning on the outside, and a “wow” experience on the inside.
No video does it justice, but you still must absolutely see this ride. Then you have to go visit the park and see it first hand.
You may want to also check out my podcast with Tom Morris, who played a significant role in the design and development of Hong Kong Disneyland.
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